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The Ashe Historical Society’s Photo Digitization Project Needs Your Help

The Ashe County Historical Society is in the process of digitizing historical photos for future generations, but we need your...

The Ashe County Oral History Project brings voices from the past

In 1980, Clarice Weaver and other volunteers, working on behalf of the Ashe County Historical Society and Ashe Public Library,...

The Return of ‘This Week in Ashe County History’

Back by popular demand, our weekly feature 'This Week in Ashe County History' is now available on the homepage of...

Ashe County History Map Now Online

The Ashe County Historical Society is happy to announce the interactive history of Ashe County map is now available online....


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This Week in Ashe County History:

04-10-1863On this day, Jesse Price and three members of his family - Hiram, James, and Moses - were all hung from a tree in front of the courthouse in Jefferson. The Price family were Union sympathizers and were captured by the Confederate home guard, accused of participating in murder and robbery. Jesse, Hiram and James were all killed by the hanging. The story of their execution gained national notoriety: a story about the even was published in William Lloyd Garrison's abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator. Despite the hanging of the family, the youngest Price, Moses, survived the incident. Family legend claims that, although he hung from the tree overnight, he was never killed. Whatever the reason, he was soon forced to enlist in the Confederate Army, from which he quickly deserted. Moses Price served out the Civil War fighting on the side of the Union force. He was shot twice in combat, but survived the War, ultimately moving to southwest Virginia.
04-11-1855On this day, Martin Shatley was born. Mr. Shatley discovered the healing properties of a spring in the Crumpler area, now known as Shatley Springs.